Drink driver did not realise she was over limit

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

Young Braunton woman hit with 12 month driving ban after pleading guilty to drink driving.

A YOUNG woman did not realise she was over the drink drive limit when she drove after drinking four Coronas, North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard on Friday.

Tia Hubbard, 19, of Sings Lane, Braunton, was stopped by police at around 1.15am on Sunday, December 1 when they noticed she had a headlight out.

But officers smelt alcohol on her breath and after a positive roadside breath test, she was taken to custody where she was found to be just over the legal limit.

Jen Law, defending, said Hubbard had driven her friend home after the group of friends had been out for a meal and an argument broke out between three of the men.

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She said: “She thought because she hadn’t drunk for a while and had eaten she would be fine.

“There was nothing to suggest bad driving – officers had pulled her over because of a defective headlight.”

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Magistrates’ heard Hubbard, who pleaded guilty to the offence of drink driving, was saving up to go and work at Camp America over the summer.

They banned her from driving for 12 months and fined her £225 plus a victim surcharge of £22 and costs of £85.

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